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Uncle Frank's House: An American Dream


Using recorded oral history, found footage, live interviews and videography shot on an iPhone, this short documentary by filmmaker Kathy Drasky tells the story of the rise, fall and reinvention of the American Dream in Detroit from the 1920s through today.

Drasky began making trips to Detroit as a photographer, like so many others, taking pictures of the "ruins" of this once-grand city. But she soon realized that the real story of Detroit was not its crumbled buildings, burned out houses, empty lots - or even its present-day revitalization efforts.

The real story was the people.

As Drasky looked further into her own family's connection to the Motor City, the voices of a handful of locals began to push her in an unexpected direction.

With original music by Detroit's own John Greasy - writer, rapper, composer & producer.

"Uncle Frank's House" made its official world premiere to a sold-out crowd on October 17, 2018, at the Bel Air Luxury Cinema on 8 Mile Rd. in Detroit, Michigan.


Best Documentary July 2018 Festigious Film Festival, Los Angeles
No Budget Spirit, 2018 Top Indie Film Awards


Top Indie Film Awards, 2019
Direct Short & Documentary Film Festival, 2018
Independent Online Film Festival, 2018
Direct Monthly Online Film Festival, 2018
Cine Fern, 2018

TRAILER for Uncle Frank's House: An American Dream

Three years in the making, this short documentary began as a search through a decimated Detroit for a long-lost uncle's home and became so much more. Discover some untold truths about America's "Motor City", the birth of the middle class and the rise, fall, and reinvention of the American Dream.



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